in a Pecan Shell
Coyanosa’s first historic event was the opening of a post office in
1908. Although it closed in 1918, the town was here to stay. Cotton
farmers irrigated their fields in the drought-stricken 1950s from
freshly drilled wells.
No one thought to count the residents until 1958, when they numbered
200. The post office reopened and in the early 1960s, the town was
thriving with eight business and an estimated population of 600.
The infamous fuel shortages of the late 1970s put an end to irrigation
and most cotton farms went belly-up.
The population declined accordingly and soon it was down to 270. It
has since declined to 138 for the 2000 census.
- The only community on FM 1776"
"Yes, Coyanosa is full of possibilities... There is the Steakhouse,
just take over the payments; a garage, ready for updating; a Bed And
Breakfast, transportation attached; a nearby fixer upper, some assembly
required; a store, the only local business and a shop, the door is
always open. As the Welcome Sign says, "The only community on FM 1776,"
a real selling point for the realtors. A truck stop? The only reason
a truck would stop here, or near here, is a breakdown and Coyanosa
can't help with that." - Barclay
Gibson, February 2008
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